Update: We’ve updated the article to reflect LG’s official G6 Plus announcement.
The LG G6 is considered to be one of the best phones of the year so far, and for good reason — it’s well-built, features decent specs, and has a nice design. Now, LG has launched a new version, the LG G6 Plus, that’s even better.
Here’s everything we know about the LG G6 Plus.
The LG G6 Plus isn’t all that different from the G6. It shares the same IP68 certified, ultra-compact form factor as its predecessor; the same 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen (1440 x 2880) with a 18:9 resolution; and the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 3,000mAh battery. The only things that have changed, in fact, are amount of RAM (6GB versus 4GB) and storage (128GB versus 32GB).
But uniquely, the G6 Plus supports Low Power Consumption mode, a feature of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 that makes use of Google’s Contextual Hub Runtime Environment (CHR) and LG’s All-Ways Aware hub to collect data from the device’s sensors continuously without impacting performance or battery life.
And the LG G6 Plus ships with new software that will come to the original G6 later this year. A facial recognition mode called Face Print lets you unlock the phone in less than a second. It’s tipped to feature LG’s payment platform, LG Pay, and Covered Lense, a feature that alerts you when you’ve covered the camera lens before taking a photo.
In terms of other hardware, though, it’s more of the same. The LG G6 Plus boasts the same dual 13MP cameras with optical image stabilization, phase detect autofocus, high dynamic range, dual-LED flash as the LG G6. And the 5MP selfie shooter, fingerprint scanner, and Bluetooth radio haven’t changed, either.
The LG G6 Plus comes in blue and gold, the former of which has a lenticular coating that produces a shimmering effect when you view the phone from different angles. And buyers get an added bonus: A pair of Bang and Olufsen earphones that take advantage of the phone’s 32-bit Quad DAC.
Release date and availability
LG hasn’t announced LG G6 Plus pricing or availability, but it’s expected to be more expensive than the original G6 — potentially $890, according to Korean outlet ETNews. While these prices have yet to be confirmed, we expect it to be pricier than the original LG G6.
The LG G6 Plus is also tipped to launch pretty soon, with the same report noting that they could ship in South Korea on June 27. All three major carriers in South Korea, including KTF, LG Telecom, and SK Telecom, will offer it.